Press Releases

50 Percent CO2 cut by 2050 – Governments Must Acknowledge Enormity of What IMO has agreed

50 Percent CO2 cut by 2050 – Governments Must Acknowledge Enormity of What IMO has agreed

26 April, 2018

Speaking today (26 April) at Singapore Maritime Week, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, said the adoption by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) of a comprehensive strategy to phase-out shipping’s greenhouse gases “should be more than sufficient to discourage those who mistakenly advocate regional measures which would greatly damage global trade and would not be effective in helping shipping to further reduce its total CO2 emissions.”

ICS Applauds 'Paris Agreement for Shipping'

ICS Applauds 'Paris Agreement for Shipping'

13 April, 2018

ICS has welcomed the high level strategy for the further reduction of shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, adopted on 13 April by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Governments Need to Compromise or Risk Having no IMO CO2 Strategy at All

Governments Need to Compromise or Risk Having no IMO CO2 Strategy at All

26 March, 2018

Ahead of critical meetings at IMO, which commence on 3 April, ICS says that governments must compromise to help IMO agree an ambitious strategy for the further reduction of CO2 emissions by shipping, that will match the expectations of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

ICS Publishes Latest Flag State Performance Table (With New Criteria Included)

ICS Publishes Latest Flag State Performance Table (With New Criteria Included)

15 March, 2018

ICS has published the latest version of its Flag State Performance Table, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website.

 ICS Appoints Guy Platten as New Secretary General

ICS Appoints Guy Platten as New Secretary General

08 February, 2018

Following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General.

Yemen Conflict Forces New Security Recommendations

Yemen Conflict Forces New Security Recommendations

24 January, 2018

In response to the threats arising from the conflict in Yemen, BIMCO, ICS and INTERTANKO have published interim guidance on maritime security in the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb. Shipowners and operators should be aware of new threat patterns in the area.

Environmental Organizations and Shipping Industry Call For Carriage Ban on Non-compliant Fuel

Environmental Organizations and Shipping Industry Call For Carriage Ban on Non-compliant Fuel

22 January, 2018

Leading environmental organizations and the global shipping industry have joined in calling for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the global 0.5% sulphur cap takes effect in 2020.

ICS Chairman Commends China's Positive Engagement With IMO

ICS Chairman Commends China's Positive Engagement With IMO

05 December, 2017

The Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Mr Esben Poulsson, has praised the positive role played by the Chinese Government in supporting the global regulatory framework for merchant shipping provided by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Bunker suppliers must prepare for the death of fossil fuels in shipping

Bunker suppliers must prepare for the death of fossil fuels in shipping

30 November, 2017

Marine bunker suppliers should anticipate that there may no longer be significant demand for fossil fuels from shipping within as little as 25 years, if not sooner, and that the sector is now on an inevitable trajectory towards a future of zero CO2 emissions.

Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum Agrees on Major Industry Goals

Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum Agrees on Major Industry Goals

27 November, 2017

Carbon emissions, safety and cyber security were at the top of the agenda at the annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum which attracted more than 100 delegates.

Shipping Must Be Economically Sustainable If It Is To Deliver On Environmental Sustainability, ICS Tells OECD

Shipping Must Be Economically Sustainable If It Is To Deliver On Environmental Sustainability, ICS Tells OECD

20 November, 2017

Addressing government trade negotiators in the OECD Working Party on Shipbuilding, at a workshop on 'green growth' in Paris today, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) asserted that the shipping industry could only be environmentally sustainable if it is economically sustainable too.

ICS & CMI Update Campaign on Maritime Treaty Ratification

ICS & CMI Update Campaign on Maritime Treaty Ratification

13 November, 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – whose member national shipowner associations represent over 80% of the world merchant fleet, and the Comité Maritime International (CMI) – the international association for maritime lawyers, have released an updated brochure to promote the importance of governments ratifying international maritime conventions, especially those adopted by the UN IMO.

ICS Encouraged by EU Faith in UN IMO to Further Reduce Shipping's Carbon Emissions

ICS Encouraged by EU Faith in UN IMO to Further Reduce Shipping's Carbon Emissions

13 November, 2017

Speaking from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, ICS Director of Policy, Simon Bennett, has commented on the provisional decision by the European Union not to include shipping within the full scope of the regional EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).

UN Climate Conference – ICS has Vision for Zero Carbon Shipping Future

UN Climate Conference – ICS has Vision for Zero Carbon Shipping Future

06 November, 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week.

Shipping Industry 'Broadly Satisfied' with IMO Progress on CO2 Strategy - but Much Work Still to be Done

Shipping Industry 'Broadly Satisfied' with IMO Progress on CO2 Strategy - but Much Work Still to be Done

27 October, 2017

ICS, BIMCO, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO represented the global shipping industry throughout this week's intensive discussions at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), which continued the development of a comprehensive CO2 reduction strategy for the international shipping sector.

ICS ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Canadian Legislation that Will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

ICS ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Canadian Legislation that Will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

18 October, 2017

The Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast).

ICS Chairman’s Message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping Industry Focused on Serious CO2 Emission Reduction

ICS Chairman’s Message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping Industry Focused on Serious CO2 Emission Reduction

26 September, 2017

“The world has great expectations for IMO delivering an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategy for the international shipping sector. We are confident that this initial IMO strategy, once adopted next year, will match the goals and philosophy of the Paris Agreement on climate change, while also fully recognising that the sustainable development of the world and its peoples is critically dependent on the continuing smooth flow of global trade, about 90 per cent of which is transported by sea.”

Shaping the Future of Shipping: ICS Launches New Brand

Shaping the Future of Shipping: ICS Launches New Brand

13 September, 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has used London International Shipping Week to launch a new brand identity, to better serve its important role as the global trade association for shipowners, representing national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.

ICS Chairman Calls on All Parties to Ensure Successful Implementation of Ballast Convention

ICS Chairman Calls on All Parties to Ensure Successful Implementation of Ballast Convention

06 September, 2017

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017.

ICS Publishes New Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

ICS Publishes New Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

07 August, 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a new edition of its widely used Personal Training and Service Record Book, to help qualified seafarers and their employers maintain a comprehensive record of training and seagoing service.

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